On 16 September 2009, the Queensland Premier announced a
12-month moratorium on all applications for extended trading hours
between midnight and 5am.
According to Premier Bligh, the moratorium (which is effective
from 16 September 2009 to 15 September 2010 with the possibility of
a three month extension) will remain in place pending the outcomes
of the Law, Justice and Safety Committee's inquiry into alcohol
related violence, which is due in March 2010.
The moratorium, which has been effected through amendments to
the Liquor Act 1992 (Qld), applies to all existing
extended hours applications before the Office of Liquor and Gaming
Regulation (OLGR) or a court or tribunal as at 16
At the time the moratorium was announced Premier Bligh stated
that there were 130 applications before the Liquor Licensing
Commission seeking to extend trading hours after midnight and said
"[i]t would make a
mockery of the work of the parliamentary committee if these
applications were considered, and in many cases approved, only to
find that the parliamentary committee recommended a different
regime for late opening...[The applications] are for pubs
in local suburbs where I do not believe the community expects to
see these sorts of late hours."
It is important to note however, that the restrictions on making
extended trading hours applications do not apply to premises in an
extended trading hours precinct.
The OLGR states that moratorium will not affect existing trading
hours of current licensees or applications for one-off events such
as special functions such as weddings and birthdays.
The OLGR also advises that anyone that has lodged an application
for approval to extend trading hours beyond midnight has the choice
to either leave their application in abeyance pending the
expiration of the moratorium or withdraw their application, in
which case the applicant may seek a refund of the application
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